100 Days of Art – Day 29: The Art of the Ordinary

Nothing happened during this photograph. People climbed on a subway train, running at 10-minute intervals, headed from the city’s center to the suburbs. The photo was shot with a non-SLR, my small Fujifilm X-20, under existing lighting. I didn’t alter the photo in any way except to correct the exposure that was altered by the…

Influences: Garry Winogrand

Garry Winogrand (14 January 1928, New York City – 19 March 1984, Tijuana, Mexico) was considered by many to be the central photographer of his generation. A street photographer by nature, Winogrand rose to fame, eventually shooting some of the most famous people of his day. Winogrand’s upbringing wasn’t much different than a lot of…

“Take My Picture”

I originally posted this on my photo blog a year ago, but it seems to fit here better. Then again, I’m still struggling with what fits here at all. Most people seem to fill up their blogs with personal bits — and that’s perfectly fine — but I’ll not be doing that. In any case,…

Influences: Weegee

Weegee (12 June 12 1899 – 26 December 26 1968) was born Ascher (Usher) Fellig in what is now Zolochiv, Ukraine. He spent his career as a photographer and a photojournalist, famously working in New York’s Lower East Side in Manhattan during the 1920s and 1930s. His style was stark and raw black and white,…

Beyond the Shot

With street photography, there’s always more than just the photograph. Certainly, for photographers like me, the initial objective is to create art. But street shooters are also historians and social commentators. We aim to leave a mark on the viewer’s heart as well. In the photo above, for instance, there is a visual context. The…